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Where did the Scottish McIntyre family come from? What is the Scottish McIntyre family crest and coat of arms? When did the McIntyre family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McIntyre family history?

The story of the name McIntyre reaches back through Scottish history to the kingdom of Dalriada. The name evolved for a person who worked as a carpenter or wright. The Gaelic form Mac an t-saoir means son of the carpenter. Most historians agree that their earliest habitations were on MacDonald territories on Kintyre. Most legends about their beginnings point to an origin in the Hebrides. From this point on, opinions differ. One legend has the Clan-an-t-Saor (Children of the Carpenter) arriving in Lorne in a galley with a white cow, another says that the galley, set adrift, developed a leak below the water line and the MacDonald Chieftain placed his thumb in the hole to keep the boat afloat. Spotting help at a distance, he cut off his thumb so that he could wave. He was ironically named the Carpenter or MacIntyre. Some claim that the family derived its name from a member of the MacDonalds who was called Cean-tire because of his ownership of lands on the peninsula of Kintyre.

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Spelling variations are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Many spelling variations of McIntyre have been recorded over the years, including MacIntyre, MacIntire, MacIntre and many more.

First found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where according legend, Maurice or Murdock, The Wright, (c.1150) became the first MacIntyre chief as a reward for helping his uncle, Somerled, King of Argyll and the Western Isles.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McIntyre research. Another 361 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1955 and 1991 are included under the topic Early McIntyre History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McIntyre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McIntyre family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first McIntyres to arrive in North America:

McIntyre Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Finlow McIntyre, who landed in Maryland in 1716
  • Christian McIntyre, who arrived in New York in 1738
  • Dugald McIntyre, who landed in New York in 1739
  • Nicholas McIntyre, who arrived in New York in 1739
  • Nicolas McIntyre, who arrived in New York in 1739


McIntyre Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Hugh McIntyre, who arrived in America in 1802
  • A C McIntyre, aged 20, arrived in Georgia in 1812
  • William McIntyre, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1815
  • William W McIntyre, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1815-1818
  • Mark McIntyre, who arrived in New York in 1822


McIntyre Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • George McIntyre, who arrived in Arkansas in 1901
  • Charles McIntyre, who landed in Arkansas in 1903

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  • James Francis Aloysius McIntyre (1886-1979), American Archbishop of Los Angeles from 1948 to 1970, and was created a cardinal in 1953
  • James McIntyre (1857-1937), American vaudeville and theatrical actor
  • Vonda Neel McIntyre (b. 1948), American science fiction author
  • Lance Terrell McIntyre (b. 1977), American professional basketball player
  • Christine Cecilia McIntyre (1911-1984), American actress who appeared in many Three Stooges movies
  • Brigadier-General Andrew Frank McIntyre (1892-1974), American Chief of Railroad Section, War Department General Staff (1942-1946)
  • John McIntyre CVO (1916-2005), Scottish theologian
  • Tommy McIntyre (b. 1963), Scottish former professional footballer
  • Robert MacGregor McIntyre (1928-1962), Scottish five-time Grand Prix motorcycle racer
  • Archibald McIntyre, Australian Professor of Physiology

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  • Charles McIntire of Colonia, Virginia by June R. McIntire Taylor.
  • Family History: Ancestors of Robert Harry McIntire and Helen Annette McIntire by Robert Harry McIntire.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per ardua
Motto Translation: Through difficulties.

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The McIntyre Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McIntyre Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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